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December 22, 2020, 09.53 PM

JAKARTA, – Should your year-end holiday activities in Jakarta include visiting the Ancol area, make a note that the North Jakarta destination will be closed for Christmas and New Year’s holiday break.

CEO of Taman Impian Jaya Ancol Teuku Sahir Syahali said that only the Putri Duyung Resort will remain open during the holiday break.

The company will not be hosting any activities due to nationwide restrictions to curb the transmission of the Covid-19 virus.

“Putri Duyung Resort will operate as normal with prior bookings through our official website.”

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Travelers whose plan includes island hopping to the Thousand Archipelago will still be able to do so as the access to Ancol’s Marina harbor will be open.

The closure of the Ancol area means that popular year-end holiday destinations in Jakarta such as Dunia Fantasi, Sea World Ancol, Ocean Dream Samudra, Pasar Seni, and Allianz Ecopark in addition to the restaurants and other attractions in the vicinity will be closed.

Those holiday destinations in Jakarta will close during Christmas and New Year’s Eve, namely on December 25 and 31, and January 1, 2021.

The decision to close down the tourist attraction zone is to align the company’s measures to that of Governor Instructions Number 64 Year 2020 as well as Governor Decree Number 17 Year 2020.

Read also: Important Things to Know about Year-End Holiday Restrictions in Jakarta

Teuku Sahir said that the risk of Covid-19 transmission during the upcoming Christmas and New Year’s break makes it better for Ancol to close to ensure a safe vacation for all.

More closures

With the Jakarta Provincial Government toughening up its position on mitigating the Covid-19 virus, several popular holiday destinations in Jakarta for families will join Ancol in closing for Christmas and New Year’s holiday break.

Other locations include the National Monument and the Ragunan Zoo. Similar to Taman Impian Jaya Ancol’s decision, the operators of Ragunan Zoo will close on December 25 and 31, and January 1, 2021.

As per the year-end holiday requirements by the Jakarta government, the zoo will open only until 7pm on December 24-27, 2020, and on December 31, 2020 – January 3, 2021.

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The restrictions in place throughout the Indonesian capital city have forced Jakarta Vice-Governor Ahmad Riza Patria to apologize to residents as they are prohibited from hosting any events to welcome the new year.

From music concerts to dance performances to fireworks, go-to New Year’s activities have been put on the backburner this year.

“I apologize to the residents of Jakarta as they will have to find year-end holiday activities at home through TV programs, social media, and other sources,” said Riza.

(Writers: Ira Gita Natalia Sembiring, Ivany Atina Arbi | Editor: Jessi Carina)


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